The original development in Le Chinaillon, a ski resort forming part of the Savoyard market town of Le Grand Bornand, was described as engineering feat by developer MGM which entailed the removal of thousands of tonnes of rock to create a series of terraces on which to build Le Village de Lessy, a résidence de tourisme with panoramic views of the ski slopes.
But the hard work proved to be worth it as the 11 traditionally styled chalets together containing 139 two bedroom and three bedroom leaseback apartments, all sold quickly, most of them off plan.
Now just below it on the same mountain side MGM is about to start work on the construction of another new résidence comprising 120 apartments overlooking the ski slopes.
The nature of this development, which takes its name from the mountain on which it is located, Le Roc des Tours, is an unusual one for MGM as the first phase entails the conversion of three redundant chalets built in the late 1960s.
Originally used as an hotel, they are being given a new lease of life with the creation of 41 modern two bedroom and three bedroom apartments together with a pool, a sauna, jacuzzi, steam and fitness rooms. An OdesCimes spa and beauty centre will have a variety of massages and body treatments on offer.
The first new apartments are on schedule for completion and occupation in 2014. A further 45 apartments will be created in phase two, an adjacent new build development which again will entail the removal of thousands of tonnes of rock to create terraces on which five new chalet buildings can be constructed and anchored into what is currently another near vertical cliff face.
‘We now have the proven expertise to create construction sites in locations deemed by our competitors as impossible to develop,’ said Richard Deans of MGM’s London based UK sales office.
Each apartment comes with secure storage facilities for skis and other personal items as well as underground car parking and Le Roc des Tours is, in effect, an extension of Le Village de Lessy to which it is will be linked by a new pedestrian stone surface on the road which runs between them.
The new development is significant for MGM in another way as it will be one of the first of its type built by the company to incorporate retail space and two bars and restaurants which will respond to growing demand from year round visitors to the village.
Included in the scheme are facilities for a ski school and ski pass office close to a new elevated pedestrian bridge over a road and a river providing level access to the nearby ski lift.